Goodnight To My KindergartnerPosted by Katrina Kennedy on Jun 13, 2012 in 365, Blog, Personal | 10 comments
Tonight I put a kindergartner to bed for the last time.
Tomorrow night we’ll call him a first grader.
So many of you have known him since he was just a little guy exploring the world. You’ve been around for so many first mom moments. You’ve been there for tough decisions and scary moments.
He’s changed my world. He’s challenged my thinking. He’s made me readjust my priorities, my time, and my focus.
After his bath tonight he ran into my office to give me our ritual good night hug before his dad reads him a story and tucks him in for the night.
I hugged him close and realized. Kindergarten is over. Tomorrow I hug a different little boy.
I asked him to let me take a photo.
I think he was feeling the emotion as well.
He quickly cooperated and gave me a smile. Not the one I love, so we talked a bit more. I asked for a first grade smile and I got a hands in the air, excited burst of joy.
And then I got the photo in this post.
His real smile.
The genuine Ian smile. The one I know as his relaxed and real.
I’ll ignore the focus. The smile is there even if the focus fell in an unexpected spot.
He is the reminder to pick up my camera. He is the reminder that these moments are passing so very quickly.
He is the reminder that I will never look back and regret having made the effort to capture my 365.
Not for one moment.
Goodnight to my kindergartner. Tomorrow we begin a new chapter.
Thank you for being part of our journey.